Airport Lost and Found: The Complete Guide

Maybe you’re a seasoned pro at scoring the cheapest airline tickets, but you’re only human: the odds are that someday you’ll lose something at the airport or leave something on a plane.

Getting your items back is not guaranteed, but you’ll have the best shot if you report the items right away to the people responsible for where you think you left it.

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Remember, airport lost and found phone numbers are rarely the same as TSA lost and found numbers. Call the TSA number if you believe you left something at a TSA checkpoint. If you left something somewhere else at the airport, call the airport lost and found number.

Here is a chart for FareCompare readers of the 25 busiest U.S. airports along with numbers to call if you lose something there.

City Airport Code Airport Lost & Found Phone No. TSA Lost & Found Phone No.
Atlanta

ATL

404-530-2100 404-530-2100
Chicago / O’Hare

ORD

773-686-2385 773-377-1210
Los Angeles

LAX

310-417-0440 310-242-9073
Dallas-Fort Worth

DFW

972-574-4420 Terminals A, C:
972-425-2465Terminal D:
972-973-5050

Terminals B, E:
866-342-5339

Denver

DEN

800-247-2336 303-342-4062
New York / Kennedy

JFK

718-244-4225 Terminal 1:
718-751-1202
Houston

IAH

281-230-3299 281-848-2957
San Francisco

SFO

650-821-7014 650-821-8587
Las Vegas

LAS

702-261-5134 702-261-5134
Phoenix

PHX

602-273-3333 602-626-1453
Charlotte

CLT

704-359-8765 704-916-2200
Miami

MIA

305-876-7377 305-421-2410
Orlando

MCO

407-825-2111 407-825-2111
Newark

EWR

973-961-6243 908-787-0667
Detroit

DTW

734-942-3669 734-942-3126
Minneapolis

MSP

612-726-5141 612-486-6176
Seattle

SEA

206-787-3490 206-787-5312
Philadelphia

PHL

215-937-6888 610-521-7206
Boston

BOS

617-568-7514 617-561-2047
New York / LaGuardia

LGA

718-533-3988 718-662-5043
Washington Dulles

IAD

703-572-8479 703-662-2234
Baltimore

BWI

410-859-7387 410-303-7305
Fort Lauderdale

FLL

954-359-2247 954-359-2247
Salt Lake City

SLC

801-575-2427 801-575-2427
Honolulu

HNL

808-836-6683 808-831-2312

If you leave something on-board an airplane, you should contact your airline instead of the airport or TSA. Some airlines have phone numbers specifically devoted to finding items left on-board, but others ask that you call their customer service line. Here is a list of major airlines and the numbers to call if you have left something on-board. Check airline websites too: some of them have web pages where you can report lost items.

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Airline Phone Number
Airtran 866-247-2428
Alaska Airlines 800-252-7522
American 800-222-2377
Continental 800-523-3273
Delta 404-773-0305
Frontier 800-265-5505
Hawaiian 888-246-8526
JetBlue 800-538-2583
Southwest 800-435-9792
United 800-221-6903
US Airways 800-428-4322
Virgin America 877-359-8474

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Published: February 15, 2012